When you look at the poor initial sales of Chinatown Wars you have to look at 2 factors:
First, the game was not marketed well. The game had less advertising than The Lost and Damned, and while I saw a few commercials on TV of that, a downloadable expansion, I have yet to see a single ad for Chinatown Wars.
Second, there was the perception that the game would cost $50. A few months before the game came out, retailers like Amazon and Gamestop had a pre-order price for the game at $49.99, and this news spread, and that perception is still there somewhat.
There was plenty of advertising going in TV land around this title with several high reviews and praises from different gaming magazines and websites. I'm not too sure on your second argument, as that has more to do with the public's perception on the game. For what it's worth, I knew the correct price of the game when it was released from sales ads and news about Gamestop's Preorder deal.
I find all the news about GTA: CW
sales to be quite odd. I'm not too sure why people expected it to sell like hot shit immediately out of the gate especially when the last portable GTA title looked and played extremely similar to the PS2 incarnations. I put in several hours of the DS version before sending it back to Gamefly, and while it was fun, I just found it to be unnecessary. For me, the camera was too close to your character and killed the exploration factor to the game. Surely, I wasn't the only one who had problems mapping out the world in their head? The city just all looked the same to me.
Perhaps the game will pick up steam in the upcoming month from the hardcore GTA crowd, but then again, do those people even own DS systems?
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